80 per cent of plastic in the oceans comes from land based sources, the rest from shipping. Unfortunately, in developing countries, rivers are viewed as a self-cleansing method to take trash 'away', but plastic never disappears and our oceans can no longer cope.
Plastic from our coasts is caught up in vast circular ocean currents (gyres) which pull it to their centres, while it breaks up into small particles, mixing with the plankton at the ocean surface.
Plankton is at the heart of the food chain and the tiny plant component provides us with more than half the oxygen we breathe and absorbs carbon dioxide – in essence our oceans keep us alive. We can’t yet safely remove plastic particles from the vital plankton that lives in the ocean, so we must stop it from reaching them.
Jeremy wants us all to be aware of this pollution, to ‘put plastic in the right place’ and, above all, to stop our addiction to single-use items
The oceans can no longer be a dumping place for plastic waste: we must put it to practical use.READ MORE